Microbursts cause damage throughout multiple Kentucky counties

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FRENCHBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - People in multiple Kentucky counties are cleaning up storm damage after multiple microbursts hit the Commonwealth Thursday.

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Some of the strongest winds hit Menifee County, where the National Weather Service says speeds reached 110 mph. Some of the damage included large trees down in Frenchburg.

"Pictures were breaking," explained Jim Hagerman, who would tell his wife to "just hunker down" while the storm hit their home.

Some in Menifee County also lost power, and crews were out Friday helping to restore it to customers.

A microburst in Taylor County brought winds exceeding 70 mph near Campbellsville, and some of those affected say they have never seen anything like this before.

“I got a weather alert on my phone that weather was coming in and to take precautions," Martha Bell Jones said.

Tree damage was scattered throughout the affected areas, and some say they were lucky some of the trees fell away from their homes.

Fayette County also experienced a microburst which caused damage to the Sayre Athletic Complex near Interstate 75. A microburst was also the cause of Wednesday damage in Johnson County.

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